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    February 1, 2013
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>> brian: yes, i can. let's go to mark and the tulane marching band, thanks to the cheerleaders of the saints and the dance team of tulane. and the national guard that had to leave. ♪ ♪ bill: a lot of breaking news this morning on a friday. another u.s. embassy is under attack. this time in turkey. reports of a homicide bomber setting off an explosive device, killing himself and at least one other person. this is brand new video showing chaos at the scene. emergency crews responding as they pick through the rubble in the aftermath on the ground there. this is a story we're just working through right now. but there's a lot of news popping.
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good morning, i'm bill hemmer. we'll get to all of it today. martha: good morning. i'm martha maccallum. the details on this are still fluid. we're getting reports that the blast went off inside the security check point at the entrance to the embassy. bill: amy kellogg watching it all from london now. has there been a claim of responsibility, amy? >> reporter: not yet, bill. the turkish prime minister erdouan has said it is a suicide bombing there may have been a lot of groups behind this attack or at the u.s. embassy in ankara. it could have been islamist type group operating in turkey. in 2003 there were dramatic attacks on synagogues at the british consulate in istanbul and hsbc bankhead quarters there. separatists typically set off bombs in the southern part of the turkey. they're quite active. there is resistance to the
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deployment of u.s. patriot anti-missile batteries that have just been put in place to protect turkish population centers from possible attacks from syria. i just got a note from the deputy foreign minister of turkey saying that their hearts and minds are with the embassy staff right now in ankara and the foreign ministry will be issuing some sort of a statement as soon as possible. one dead who is the suicide bomber and a turkish guard at the check point. bill: were there reports of any threats against the embassy? this is a pretty secure part of the city? >> reporter: bill, that's the thing. it is unusual to see this sort of thing to happen in the beating heart of the turkish capital which is so very secured. there are a lot of police officers around. embassy is very close to the turkish parliament. it is not what you would expect here. we don't know that there were any threats but we do know that turkey is on of the edge these days with the conflict in syria, right on its border and some other
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things going on. but we did not hear, bill, of any sort of a threat. back to you. bill: amy kellogg. work your source. we'll be back in touch with london. here is martha with more. martha. martha: there is no word yet exactly who is behind this attack. there too soon to know who is behind this attack at this point. the worker's party known as pkk in october of 2011, the pkk killed 26 security forces. that was the deadliest attack since 1993. the u.s. provided turkey with over $5 million since 2010 for anti-terrorism and related programs to that. bill: the region, the amy referred to a little bit of this. there are so many hot spots we're reporting on dailily. specifically this is the area of the country of turkey, north of syria. advance it one time, we'll show you where this attack happened earlier today. here in the capital city of ankara.
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turkey has had a lot of concern with the ongoing civil war down here in syria. concerns it could spill over into its border in turkey. as a result, the u.s. government just recently approved delivery of patriot missile batteries to a town just north of the border, about 60 miles away from the syrian border. that is something we will watch to see whether or not there is a connection or not. can't confirm any of that right now. again no claim of responsibility. go back to the map one more time here because we're trying to keep all of this in context. at the heart this is right now is the ongoing civil war in syria. just this week we reported on a hit either on a convoy or some sort of research facility and in southwestern syria that was said to be delivering possibly arms into the country of lebanon. as a result of that both syria and now this is where iran comes back not picture, iran and syria have made threats against israel as a result. with regard to today though, the focus now is on turkey
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and what happened at our u.s. embassy. but you think about all these hot spots now popping up threw all this region. then you can throw northern africa into the mix as well. this is something that has a lot of people concerned today with very good reason. we'll see where it goes. >> so terrorists targeting american embassies overseas as you well know is definitely not a new concept. of course we're talking about the terror attack we had in our consulate in libya. benghazi, gotten a huge amount of well-deserved attention. a lot of questions remain there. that happened on see. 11th this year. four americans were killed including our ambassador christopher stevens. go back to 2008 for a moment the embassy attacked there in yemen with a car bomb as staffers showed up for work. at least 16 people were killed there. you remember the horrific 1998 simultaneous truck bombs that were detonated near two u.s. embassies in kenya and tanzania.
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a huge death toll there, 244 people were killed. 4500 injured in that one. let's go back to here at home. look what is going on in the u.s. economy because we got brand new jobs numbers that just came out and they show sluggish hiring in the month of january. the labor department reported that the national unemployment rate jumped a little bit, now 7.9% up from 7.8% from the previous month. that doesn't really include people who decided they wouldn't look for work anymore and dropped out of the workforce for the time-being. the latest report showed employers added 15,000 jobs last month, not enough to really stimulate the economy -- 157,000. or create a new jobs growth picture. bring in fox business network senior correspondent charles gasparino. what is your take on these? >> not uniformly terrible. we added jobs in prior months. revised some of the job additions upward. we did create jobs but what
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i will tell you is carry about this number the narrative remains the same. this is an extremely slow-growing economy that is producing jobs at a very meager rate. when more people look for jobs unemployment ticks up. a quirk in the numbers. takes too long to explain why. the narrative, martha, this is the big thing, the narrative remains the same. sluggish economy, not creating enough jobs to deal with population growth. people are dropping out of the workforce. if you look at numbers a little closely. we're getting a first hit of it. we'll go through it a lot more. when you look at some of the numbers at first glance the labor participation rate goes down. that is one of the reasons why unemployment remains under 8%. this is scary situation. what is even worse when you look at policy from washington there is nothing coming out of the white house to deal with this. if you look what the president is propoeing, he is talking about stuff like, raising taxes which is kind of absurd and stimulus spending which the last time did not work. at least depending what side
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of the aisle you're on you will say whether it worked or not, the but the stimulus plan didn't work the way they said it would work. martha: when you look at that number, it is a pretty low number when you consider $4 trillion has been put into the economy to get get jobs going. jobs council after a few meetings they decided they didn't need that anymore. >> he didn't use them. talk to the people on the council. jeff immelt and ken chenault, privately they were telling people he didn't talk to us. he didn't care. it was kind of a joke if you think about it. martha: but the narrative is out of the white house, look, things are improving. the housing market is starting to pick up. the stock market which a lot of people think is not an indicator how folks across the country feel about the economy, they're saying the numbers are looking pretty good to them. they're happy. >> look at the stock market. i think that's key. this is where we come in to explain what it means. why is the market going to be up? this continues the narrative. it is a slow moving economy.
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the federal reserve will keep interest rates low. markets like that. why they like that? you put your money in stocks as opposed to low yielding fixed income estimates that is purely a technical play. that is why the market is up today. the market is up is because the economy is marginally improving or not getting worse and the fed will not raise interest rates. housing, this is dead-cat bounce. you're bouncing off the bottom. martha: if the fed were talk about raising interest rates you get the feeling they think the market is starting to heat up a little bit. >> the market will go down. the stock market would two down. martha: charlie, thank you. always good to see you. bill: which got word a global medical company is laying off 100 employees in tennessee and massachusetts. the company blames the new health care law for that reason, specifically the medical device tax. london-based smith & nephew specializing in developing orthopedic reconstruction products says the cuts are necessary to deal with the new cost associated with the tax.
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that is 2.3%. expected to raise nearly $30 billion over the next decade. a majors is source of consternation for many of these companies. they fought it and fought it and they lost in the end. on this jobs thing, if you're a teenager in america, unemployment is almost 24%. that is ridiculous when you talk --. martha: greece for that population there. bill: the next generalmation of americans have to deal with that? we'll talk about that in a moment. martha: tough picture. speaking of lay youfls we've been talking about the president happenedding a pink slip to the group he formed to bring back jobs. charlie and i were discussing about that. was the jobs council an exercise if futility or did it have meaning? they don't want it anymore. bill: 7.9%. a 5-year-old boy is still held hostage in a underground bunker. how long will the gunman hold out? and what was just delivered to that underground bunker. we'll tell you about that in a live report. martha: a rough road for president obama's pick to
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of mexico city there. ambulances raced survivors to the hospital while rescue crews searched for dozens of people that were still missing. no word what caused the blast. no sign at this point what cause this. bill: 14 past. the president's jobs council is officially laid off. the white house is announcing it will not renew the pan they will that was created two years ago to fix our jobs crisis. the council met a couple of times. the last formal meeting was more than a year ago. today, 7.9% unemployment in america. gretchen hamel, public notice, alan colmes, host of the alan colmes radio show. what is going on you two? mission accomplished, huh, gretchen? move on? what do you tackle next? no just kind of funny. here the president is closing down the jobs council. he really didn't listen to a lot of recommendation it made. did the same thing with the deficit commission he created withers kin bowles a few years back.
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he is paying a lot of lip service to the american public about their top concerns and top concerns of this country and not having a lot of action or substantive action to bring about real solutions. bill: here are the fact we know, alan. in 24 months they met four times. >> correct. the empty met with them four times. there were other meetings the president did not attend. by the way they have been active 16 of 35 proposals and only two year charter. i wonder were republicans praise worthy when they formed the council and saying we don't need a council. that will not create jobs. now all of sudden they're upset he is ending the council. they never sported it first place. bill: implemented 16 recommendations. can you name one. >> i don't have the list here, but all the reports come out say that's what he did. bill: can you name one that worked? >> i don't have the list of them, bill. but the fact is the cynical, cynicism you seem to express as though simply having a jobs council, that is what creates jobs. his record is pretty good. he create ad half a million manufacturing jobs. 4.5 million private sectors
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jobs. look what he inherited. 3/4 of a million jobs being lost a month? now every month we're adding including figures came out today. what is the republican plan? i like to know what the republican plan is? >> let's back up. bill: what is the republican plan. >> you know the republican plan offered a lot of solutions. you know a number of solutions keeping businesses from creating jobs, a number about regulations. a number of things to increase trade. and also some of the things that the government is getting in the way of with businesses. i mean let's talk about health care and number of stories we've seen in the press about small businesses having to struggle with the health care implementations. take a bigger look. you had reports this week, you had negative growth in our economy for the first time in over three years. consumer confidence dropped to its lowest point in over a year. and here you have a jobs report where it ticks up to 7.9% when the president's own economic team promised us that with the stimulus and more government spending that we would be at 5% unemployment right now. i mean what is going on here?
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bill: target seems right in the following way. almost like you outsource this job. and when people look at it, this is from the bureau of labor statistics now. unemployment rate 7.9%. been at or near that level since september 2012. teenagers in america, unemployment rate, you know what it is? 23.4%. african-americans, 30.8%. hispanics, 9.7%. all three categories show little or no change. >> yeah. bill: based on this report. you can't. >> you can't ignore the fact. again what he inherited. we were bleeding jobs. that has been turned around. apparently the american people who voted him back into office seem to feel enough confidence this was the right direction for the country. >> yes, right direction to more unemployment. >> republicans ideas other than reject everything the president offered, they turned down every jobs bill he put forward. bill: here is what john boehner said, his spokesman in part of the by ignoring the group, jobs council or
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rejecting its recommendations the president treated his jobs council as more of a nuisance than a vehicle to spur job creation. >> i'm shocked to hear john boehner was critical of the president. bill: gretchen, alan keeps coming back with your ideas. republicans don't have the votes. >> republicans don't have the votes. bill: how do you win this debate? you say you know what, look at the raw numbers? >> you have to have a willing partner across the table. republicans right now don't have that with the senate and they don't have -- >> and president does? the president has a willing partner? >> i think republicans have shown numerous times come to the table time and time again through debates and when it ce to the debt crisis, when it came to a number of these negotiating. but you have to have faith and trust in your partner. and you have to have someone offering up real solutions. >> you've got to be kidding me. >> seems to be putting this on other people. alan you're accepting this as the new normal you're okay with it. >> i'm not okay with it. i just like to know what the
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republicans -- >> it is not okay. >> republicans have had nothing to bring to the table. american people rejected them because they have no new ideas. other than criticizing president obama i heard nothing fresh from your side. tell me one thing you would do would create jobs? certainly the president hasn't had a partner to work with except people want him out of office. bill: for the third time, gretchen, go ahead. >> one thing we can start doing to really get this economy going get the government out of the way. right now there are government has been spending at an amount that is -- >> you don't want a jobs council. that means no jobs council. >> hang on. give me a second, alan. but we have a government right now who getting too involved in the economy. they are spending more money. that is propping up the economy. crowding out of the private sector and not allowing the private sector to do its job. cut back number of regulations we have so businesses can create jobs. >> so the president should do nothing? >> president needs to come to the table and willing to talk to people. >> you said the government should do nothing. >> house republicans passed
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numerous jobs bills and president --. bill: hang on. 7.9% is simply unacceptable. you both agree with that. >> it is. bill: the solution here is to figure a way out of it. right now we don't have one. alan, gretchen. thanks to both of you. 20 minuteses past. martha, what's next? martha: a busy flight was forced to an an emergency landing. there are real at this tense moments in this cockpit. they came in for the landing. we're learning what caused the problem. bill: this american pastor, eight years sentence in one of iran's more brutal prisons. a first person account for the horrors inside from a former inmate of what happens there. >> a place where you dissolve in pain. i forgot my name. i forgot who i was. in that space, there is nothing but pain. you're reduced to something you don't even know what it is.
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bill: a few scary moments onboard a packed 737 last night. an alaska airlines pilot passes out mid-flight between l.a. and seattle. 121 people on board. the copilot managed to make an emergency landing in portland. that is not quite halfway, but pretty close, right? a doctor on board who helped the pie who regained consciousness before the plane landed. no word what caused him to pass out. a 28 year veteran, currently with his medical evaluation. martha: why you have a copilot. bill: yeah. martha: all right, well the larger than life former mayor of new york city ed koch has died. we got that news just this morning. he was known for tough talk, for charisma, for some of the greatest quotes you can
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dig up. he was a three-term mayor. he was a household name. for any of us who grew up in this area during the '70s and '80s. he was part of the life. he led the big apple through one of the most difficult period of those years. senior correspondent eric shawn joins us live. >> reporter: hi, martha. he had it. he was funny, no-nonsense and asked a famous question. >> how am i doing? [shouting. >> reporter: he was the very symbol of the city itself. brash, brave, funny, outspoken and sharp. >> hello, puerto rico. >> reporter: ed koch brought new york city back from the brink when he was elected mayor in 1977. >> nobody thought i could win but i got my message out. people believed it and they voted for me. it was a shock. >> reporter: he was known for his outsized personality but he also brought the city back from near bankruptcy. >> new york is a great city but the big apple does not
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grow in the garden of eden. >> reporter: by force of his personality he put new york back on the path to solvency. >> when i came in, the city was in a state of short-term debt of $6 billion. which we had to eliminate over a four-year period. and we did it over a three-year period. and i'm very proud of what we did. >> reporter: after three terms he was defeated in 1989 but that didn't stop him from writing and remaining involved in public issues as a private and beloved citizen. >> as i said when i left office, i'm never going to retire. i expect to die at this desk. >> reporter: koch, who never married always described himself as a liberal with sanity. >> a whacko on that. >> reporter: sometimes did cross party lines. had no problems sometimes endorsing republicans. this morning new york city mayor michael bloomberg says this city has lost, a quote, an irreplaceable icon, our most charismatic cheer lead
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and champion. ed koch's funeral is monday. martha. martha: you knew him pretty well, eric? >> reporter: yeah i did. first interviewed him in high school at 1974. became a mentor and friend. at his birthday party in december he got out hot hospital, they said if he died in the hospital he still ordered the party to go on. today he may be mourned but we can celebrate his life and contributions. martha: he talked about so much of his pride in being jewish. i thought it was interesting, eric, he bought his own plot at trinity church, which is one of the places in new york that still has some space in the cemetery. he just said negative never wanted to be taken out of new york city. he wanted to make sure it never happened. >> reporter: planned it himself. the headstone is up there. he wanted to make sure he was always staying in manhattan for eternity. so he will. martha: what a part of history and a part of new york city. eric, thank you for that. a really great tribute.
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bill: 1, sean, huh? martha: isn't that great. what you learn about eric shawn every day, huh? bill: 28 past the hour now. the man tapped to lead our nation's military with a less than stellar performance they say. did you watch this? will republicans block chuck hagel. senator roy blunt will be one of the senators deciding his fate. we'll talk to him about that next. martha: this terrifying situation gets worse by the moment and there is no end in sight at this point. gut-wrenching situation. a 5-year-old boy being held hostage in an underground bunker. imagine what is going through that little boy's head right now. we're live on the scene and we'll be back with more. >> he needs to be back with his family. if i could go over there and get him i would go get him focu, not their short-term agenda. [ woman ] if you have the nerve to believe that cookie cutters should be for cookies, not your investment strategy.
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embassy in ankara. to the best of our knowledge there have been some injured. we don't have the detail yet. martha: all right. we'll stay on top of this story. we'll let you know as we get more numbers. there are reports of some dead. we're working to confirm. bill: also got a statement from the department of state. we'll pass that to you in a moment. back to this nightmare matter in alabama. there's a 5-year-old boy being held hostage still today in an underground bunker by a man accused of shooting and killing a bus driver. hostage negotiators speaking to the suspect through a ventilation pipe. they have managed to get the little boy some medication, some crayons, some coloring books. its all unfolding in the tiny southern town of midland city, alabama. that is where elizabeth prann is live with us again today. do we know about the conditions inside the bunker, elizabeth? >> reporter: well that's a very good question, bill because it is a very chilly morning here. overnight it dipped down to the 30s.
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we do know there is a power supply in that six by 8-foot bunker. we don't know if it is climate controlled. we know the little boy is getting food and water. authorities tell us they're communicating constantly with the suspect. they're dropping down medication the little boy needs. they're dropping down coloring books and crayons. what we know from the mayor here is that little boy is crying for his parents. listen. >> the kid does have some special needs and at 6 years old and he doesn't know what's going on. and he, we know that he is crying for his mother. >> reporter: we are waiting for word from authority, bill, although nothing's scheduled. if we have any updates we'll bring them to you immediately. bill: what are you hearing from people in that town? how are they dealing with this? >> reporter: the community is waiting on bated breath to get this loyal boy back. we know there is a number of prayer vigils throughout the community. in fact schools will return on monday, only a select number of schools because right now, they're really at a standstill. that neighborhood behind me
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remains evacuated. we spoke with a pastor who tells us the children are asking for this little boy. listen. >> some of the neighbor's children said he is a good friend of theirs. they enjoy playing with him every afternoon when he comes home from school but it is now the third day that he has not been there the some of the children are saying they really miss their friend and their play time together. >> reporter: charles poland, the bus driver, hailed as a hero in this situation will be laid to rest on sunday. bill, back to you. bill: on it goes, elizabeth. live in southern alabama. martha: what a scene this was yesterday as defense secretary nominee chuck hagel spoke in front of congress. he is now awaiting a critical approval vote by the armed services committee that is likely to happen. the vote probably early next week, is the best estimate that we have right now. it follows a tense and combative hearing that we watched, nothing like what we saw with the john kerry
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hearing for secretary of state. so the former senator, he faced a pretty tough crowd in there. he tried to explain several of his controversial comments he made in the past. at times he was sort of stumbling over his responses, not a great performance by most measures. take a look. >> as to the iranians, red line, persian gulf, some of the iranian questions you asked, i support the president's strong position on containment. as i said. >> by the way you've just been handed a note, that i misspoke and said i supported the president's position on containment. if i said that, it meant to say, that i obviously his position on containment, we don't have a position on containment. >> please answer the question. will were you correct or incorrect when you said that the surge would be the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam? were you correct or
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incorrect, yes or no? >> my reference to the surge being the most dangerous -- >> senator hagel, the question is, were you right or wrong? that's a pretty straightforward question. i would like answer whether you're right or wrong and then you're free to elaborate. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no answer. >> well let the record show you refused to answer that question. martha: that was uncomfortable. joined by missouri republican senator roy blunt who was in that hearing yesterday. senator, good morning. welcome, good to have you here today. we were arch watching this on television. what was it like in the room? >> well, my guess is in the room it was, it was a little less tense maybe than it appeared on television but certainly as these hearings go it was a pretty intense hearing. i didn't serve with senator hagel in the senate. he left the senate long before i got here. i served with him when he
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was in the house and i was in the senate. i like him. i admire his service in vietnam. his brother was there, who they served in the same platoon of the his family, his wife was there. that always adds an element to the moment. but frankly i just didn't think his answers were very good and on the containment issue, i really do believe, i have become convinced he really does believe his statements over the years about iran and thinks we can contain a nuclear iran. i don't think we could. i don't intend to vote for him in the committee or on the senate floor. and, there were just so many inconsistencies yesterday that were explained by, well, i would have to look at the whole context of what i said at the time senator hagel kept saying. i think it is pretty clear what he said at the time. it is in contradiction is what he is saying now. if he said, i thought that then but i don't think that now i would actually actually have a little more faith in his ability to move
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forward in this critical job. martha: what's your sense among the senators who will vote on this? is there a sense that it is different now based on what happened yesterday? i mean people are saying, you know, that they are surprised, shocked at some of his answers? well, it is a question he didn't do that well but doesn't really change how i thought about him? >> i don't know what everybody is going to have to answer that question for themselves. and, you know, the president, he usually gets a lot of leeway in who he puts in the cabinet, who serves and leaves the same day the president leaves. more weight the president gets or in my view should get with like a supreme court appointee. i voted for john kerry although i don't agree with john kerry on lots of things but this defense secretary job, at a time when the president clearly is willing to really let our military be much smaller and much less capable than it's been in the future, than it had been in the past.
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having that person not aggressively arguing for a strong american military is a problem and i, i think there are a number of democrats would surely think it was a problem as well. martha: all these things came up beforehand, comments of his about iran, comments about the jewish lobby, which he says he wish he hadn't phrased it that way now. the white house said all along, wait until you get to the hearing, once you hear the context how he feels about those things we think that will put the concerns to rest. do you feel that happened yesterday? >> on that jewish lobby question, that is clearly offensive to people in support of is roehm. one of the things he said yesterday troubled me said that is the only time i ever used that phrase on the record. this is a phrase you use with some consistency off the record, that's a big problem. people said that is only time i ever said that, and i shouldn't have said it that way that is one thing. but when he said that is the only time i ever said that
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on the record, that sure didn't alleviate my concern of his view of our close relationship with israel. martha: i have to let you go now but i want, do you think he passes or not? >> depends on whether there is a 51 vote margin or 60 vote margin would be my guess whether or not this nomination is successful. martha: what does your gut tell you right now? >> i think for a cabinet office 51 votes is generally considered the right standard for the senate to set and at that level, i think he makes it but i don't think he makes it with a lot of room to spare. martha: senator, always good to have you. thank you so much. have a good day. >> you bet. bill: we find this horrific crash from about a week ago killing a well-known athlete days later. now raising questions about extreme sports competitions. when is dangerous too dangerous? [ whistle blows ] hi victor! mom? i know you got to go in a minute but this is a real quick me,
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martha: 10 years to the day after seven crewmembers were
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killed when the shuttle columbia burned up upon reentry. then president bush remembered the heroes who reached for the stars but never came home. >> our journey into space will go on. in the skies today we saw destruction and tragedy. it is farther than we can see. there is comfort and hope. martha: steve harrigan is live at the kennedy space center in cape canaveral, florida. morning, steve. >> reporter: martha, we're just a few minutes away here from the ceremonies to mark the day of remembrance for men and women who have given their lives in service of space exploration, beginning in 1967 with the apollo 1 tragedy, a fire on board the launch capsule there killed three astronauts, all three on board including gus grissom, who was a member of the mercury program. next in 1986, the space shuttle challenger came apart after just 7 seconds in flight.
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it was a disaster witnessed by schoolchildren across america. that is because the first teacher in space was one of the seven on board, christa mcauliffe. was later found so have a bad seal in booster rocket. finally in 2003 the space shuttle columbia came apart after a 16-day science mission. among the seven on board was the first israeli astronaut, elan ramon. martha, back to you. martha: steve, thank you. we all remember them today. what a day that was 10 years ago. bill: breaking news now on the attack on our u.s. embassy in turkey. the state department has just released a status update on the americans that work there. we will hear that next. twins. i didn't see them coming. i have obligations. cute obligations, but obligations. i need to rethink the core of my portfolio. what i really need is sleep. introducing the ishares core, building blocks for the heart of your portfolio.
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bill: new concerns for the safety of an american pastor
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saeed abedini, sentences this week to eight years in iran's most brutal prison accused of illegally practicing his christian faith. one of those inmates was marina neman. she is author of the book, prisoner of tehran. i spoke with her this week. marina, good morning. thank you for being with us this morning. >> good morning. thank you for having me. bill: tell me me a little bit about your story. you were jailed for how long in iran. >> i was in prison for two years, two months and 12 days from 1982 to 1984. bill: what was the charge? >> acting against national security and fighting god. bill: fighting god? >> uh-huh. bill: was that from a christianity standpoint or, from a -- >> no, very political in iran. i am a christian but they didn't arrest me because i am a christian. i'm from a christian family. not that i was a muslim and
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converted to christianity. they arrested me at the age of 16 because i spoke against the islamic republic in school. bill: two years and 12. >> yes. bill: what is it like inside? >> it's living hell. upon arrival, they blindfold you. take you for interrogation. they ask you a few questions. then they never like the answers you give. they take you to the torture room. they tie you up and they tort if you you. bill: how? >> if you're lucky you survive. they tied me with a bear wooden bed. two men. they handcuffed me to the bare wooden bed. i lied on my stomach. they took off the socks and my shoes and lashed soles of my feet with a length of cable and went on and on and on. bill: how many times did that happen, marina? >> i have no idea. it is a place where you dissolve in pain. i forgot my name.
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i forgot who i was. in that space there is nothing but pain. you're reduced to something you don't even know what it is. i forgot how to count. i wanted to. i couldn't. i couldn't think. bill: what did they want to get out of you at that point, marina? >> they wanted to break my soul, that's what they wanted. under torture they kept on yelling at me, where is shabard. that is girl's name. i had met her once. i had no idea what her last name was. i knew nothing about her. this is something i didn't know. i think they knew i didn't know but they were yet they kept on beating me. bill: they were there looking for information or they were trying to get you to say something? >> they, no. they were trying to devastate me. they were trying to destroy me so that in case i survived and ever make it out i would never, ever, do anything against them again. they were trying to teach me a lesson. that's what they were trying to do. i survived it.
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i was one of the lucky ones. bill: did you give in. >> yes. they gave me papers, a lot of papers. and they told me sign here, sign here, sign here. i signed everything. i didn't even read what i signed. i just signed. i just wanted to get out of that room. i wanted to go hole and sleep in my own bed. bill: how long have you now been in toronto? >> since 19, i left iran in 1990. it took ten months to get to canada. i've been here since 1991. bill: would you go back or have you been back? >> i would love to. no, i haven't been. i have friend. family. my church is there. it is where i grew up. it is where i was born. of course i love iran but i can't they made me convert to islam when i was in prison. i converted back to christianity when i was released. this put another death sentence over my head. and basically i have a death sentence. if i go back to iran i will be arrested at the airport.
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bill: what is this pastor then up against in this jail? >> he's up insanity. that is what he's up against. i've been campaigning for the release of a canadian iranian man for the past five years. his on death row for two weeks. off death row for two weeks. on and off. this is basically torture, not only for him but for his family. he was tortured. his brother died under torture. abedini is facing the same situation. convert frogs islam to christianity what he did, basically according to iranian law, it could be punishable by death. bill: yeah. >> so, the situation is very dire. it's very serious for him. bill: one more question on this. sometimes the iranians convict, especially westerners. then a few days later they're released. would you expect that here or do we know? >> you know, the thing is that the iranian government
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is entirely unpredictable. it all depends which way the political winds are blowing. usually these prisoners, they hold them, the foreign prisoners, they hold them as hostages and maybe they're hoping they can get something out of some government somewhere under certain circumstances. i mean i don't know what is going on behind closed doors. his chances are much better than just an iranian prisoner. bill: his wife certainly hopes so. she has been on with us many times and she has been very strong through all this. we hope and pray for the best for her and for him. marina, thank you for your story. it is gripping and dramatic. >> thank you so much. bill: i had no idea when we started that interview that she would go into that detail. martha: incredibly brave woman to speak out the way she does now from canada. incredible story. well, as the nation's debt continues to soar, congress loses, congress both to lose
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martha: we start with this fox news alert. we are now hearing from the u.s. state department after a homicide bomber has attacked today the u.s. embassy in turkey. brand new hour starting now in "america's newsroom." i'm martha maccallum. bill: i'm bill hemmer. good morning again. there is one person dead we can confirm. another said to be seriously injured. turkish leaders say this might be the work of a leftist group operating inside the country. the situation is fluid. it's changing by the moment now. we do know the blast happened at the entrance to the embassy, ankara, the capital city of turkey and national security correspond depth jennifer griffin live from the state department with more from there. a statement from there a short time ago. what can we confirm, jennifer? good morning. >> reporter: what we can
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confirm from u.s. officials and military sources that two people were killed on the outside perimeter of the embassy. one of them is presumed to be the bomber himself. the other is a turkish national. all u.s. staff are safe at this time we're told. the u.s. ambassador to turkey just spoke and praised the turkish guards one of whom appears may have been killed in the explosion. [inaudible] >> reporter: the state department is treating this as a terrorist attack. spokesman victoria nuland issued a statement not long ago saying the state department and other government agencies are investigating, bill. bill: it was two days ago or this week when the u.s. patriot batteries arrived at a port city in southwestern turkey. now we get word inside of
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ankara it is the work of a leftist group in that country. what can we say about who is responsible, jennifer? >> reporter: the working presumption at this point in time is that this is the work of either an al qaeda group or al qaeda-linked group or an iranian proxy group that may have struck the u.s. as a result of the arrival of those patriots or the involvement in syria. remember that the working assumption in the region is that the u.s. may have helped target that weapons convoy that the israeli air force struck just two days ago. so they will be looking at all of these options. sources, intelligence sources that i spoke to though have, are leaning away from the idea that this was a turkish separatist group, the pkk, which has been involved in explosions in turkey in the past. they have never threatened u.s. interests in the past. bill: jennifer, thank you. jennifer griffin, state department, with us. here's martha with more. martha: more context now on extremism in turkey.
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so far nobody has claimed responsibility for this attack. as you just heard from jennifer, however, al qaeda, for example as we've discussed as has a well-established presence in turkey n july of 2011, turkish authorities filed an al -- foiled an al qaeda plot to against this same embassy. they arrested 15 suspected terrorists. the month before that 10 suspected al qaeda militants reportedly arrested in a southern turkish town. so lots of activity there. bill:. growing concerns over the potential for renewed unrest in iraq. tens of thousands of sunni muslims today demonstrating against prime minister nuri malaki in fallujah. as tensions escalate between the muslim groups and shia majority. muslims rallied last week and that rally kid five people.
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martha: the senate voted to temporary suspend the borrowing limit, basically giving the government the power to rack up even more debt at this time. republicans say they believe it will put pressure on lawmakers to pass their first budget in more than three years. >> the amendment we've got today will insure the debt limit increases are matched with equal cuts in federal program spending for the next 10 years. for a decade. no gimmicks or timing shifts but this will be a real cut in growth in federal spending what to make of that now? chris wallace, anchor of "fox news sunday." good to see you. >> good to be with you, martha. martha: that sound like a pretty good win for republicans? >> i'm not sure it is a win. republicans decided they will pick their fight, the worst and weakest ground which to fight is the debt limit because then the president can say you're willing to throw us into default. you're willing to risk the full faith and credit. republicans took a big hit on that when they made a big
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issue of it in august of 2011. they decided we'll push that down the road. instead we'll fight march 1st, the automatic sequester, $100 billion in the first year. they kick in. that is point they want to fight with the president. the government runs out of money, the funding bill runs out on march 27th. they will deman more cuts there. i think thai feeling is that is the ground which to fight. not when it comes to the debt limit. >> yeah. which they were not successful at. let's talk a little bit about this provision that was added. no budget, no pay. we haven't seen a budget out of the senate in nearly four years. is this going to produce any change in that fact? >> well, that is a victory for the republicans because they have been very frustrated at the fact that there hasn't been, the democrats, controlling the senate, have not passed a budget since 2009. now, doesn't mean that we're going to get a budget. because the house which passed budgets will pass it again. the senate will. that doesn't mean they're going to agree. at least it forces democrats to come out to show their
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hand and say here is what we're willing to cut. here is what we're not willing to cut. republicans think when it becomes comparison between our plan in the future how to deal with the 16 trillion dollar plus debt and their plan, that we will win. martha: very interesting to see what the senate will put in their budget, won't it? they haven't shown their hand on this four years. they have work to do for the first time perhaps in a long time. >> they could do that or decide voluntarily not to get paid. i suspect they will come out with a budget. you're right. the president has to submit a budget and he submitted one last year and the senate voted it down 99-0. so they didn't like it. they can't sit there say, paul ryan wants to dump grandma off the cliff. martha: right. and at least they will have to put in some work on an actual budget plan, even if they know it will get shot down in order to get their own paycheck as you say. i also want to talk to you, chris, before we run out of the time, about interviews
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that we have on "fox news sunday." you're going to be talking to mark kelly, who we saw in the hearings this week on gun control. and you're also going to be speaking to wayne lapierre of the nra. these were very emotional hearings over this weekend. what do you want to talk to them about on sunday, chris? >> well, i guess, you know, look, every day you guys, because you cover it every day, there is another act of violence. another person who, you know, walks into a school, walks into a mall, walks into a work place, and starts shooting it up. you know, really? can we do nothing about it? is it impossible to? i don't know that i know necessarily what the answer is, whether it is more background checks. whether it is better mental health. the president obviously refused to call out his friend on in hollywood about all the violence and videogames and movies. can we, is it possible, and i hope, and in expanded you know, half an hour of fox news sunday, the first half hour when we talk to the two
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guests is it possible to find any common ground, sensible solutions? i know lapierre will never go for an assault weapons ban which kelly wants and obviously other people want but is there some common ground on guns, on mental health, on the culture we live in to try to prevent the acts you guys have to report on every day? martha: it is truly, it is truly, remarkably awful. as i was commenting after the show yesterday. that every single day it seems, we report on another shooting. both side seem so entrenched, chris. nra and the gun associations that we talk to really, they want more guns. they want more accessibility in many ways to guns so people can arm themselves because they see that as the solution as you well know from talking about this so much yourself. we'll look forward to that chris. thank you very much. >> thank you. martha: we'll see you sunday. there it is, captain mark kelly will be with chris over the weekend, as will wayne lapierre, the ceo of the nra. should be very interesting. we look forward it that with
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chris wallace. bill: here's something you haven't seen for years. the dow industrials, the 30 stocks among that group, just crossed 14,000 a moment ago. they come back a little bit here. martha: they cheated you though. they took away the opportunity to see the big 14 on the screen. bill: trust me, a moment ago it was 14,. here is what i want to tell you about that. the last time we saw that, trading above 14,000, was october of 2007. there is survey that came out of the u.s. manufacturing activity rises strongly in january on new orders and increased hiring. that is the alert from the app. they remind the news we got hour and a half ago, the news on unemployment at 7.9%. we were at 7.8. we ticked up a point to 7.9. you can probably look and find good news and look and find bad news throughout this economy. the jobs market is still crucial as we point out. not enough americans working. martha: the stock market
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diverging from the general american experience. so we'll see if that continues. we'll keep an eye on it. another thing we are watching and we are as a nation very concerned about, this little 5-year-old child who has begun to be crying for his parents in this bunker which no doubt makes it an even more tense situation under the ground there. how do you deal with a situation like this? how do you make sure that this little child gets out of that bunker in good shape? bill: also there are new threats from al qaeda where the terror group is now promising more attacks? we'll tell you where. >> now for something completely different. a teacher in a bit of hot water for sending out half naked pictures of herself. here's why we find this interesting because that kind of stuff seems to happen once in a while in this country these days. the students are rallying behind her. they say it is her freedom of speech at stake. what do you think? send me a tweet @marthamaccallum. >> not she was doing any kind of bad stuff or anything else. she was a great teacher. she was nice to me. she would always help me
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with my math problems. she would never talk about marijuana. >> like a little too much information. she doesn't really need to share that. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant
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bill: tragedy pushing espn, the organizer of the x-games in the aspen, colorado, to plan a safety review of the entire event because of this. a snowmobile crash, killing one of that sports top athletes. yesterday caleb moore died. it was a week after crashing during competition. he was only 25. catapulted off the snowmobile while attempting a flip and the 450-machine slammed down on top of him. his death, the first-ever in the x-games. that began back in 1997. martha: we want to go back now to this breaking news we've been covering really over the past several days now. this is the third day of this. it is a very tense hostage situation. i guess technically we're
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into day four really on this thing. the gunman is accused of dragging a 5-year-old boy off a school bus in front of all of his friend after shooting the bus driver, dragged the little child. now they are holed up in a underground bunker and the alabama police say that the little boy has been i krooing for his parents, which is very understandable at this point. but that he is mostly doing okay, according to what they're hearing through this 60-foot pipe that they have that gives them communication. with this man and had child. so the police have got the boy his medication. he is autistic according to these reports. they sent him crayons and coloring books to help keep him occupied while he waits this out. dr. keith ablow joins me now, forensic psychiatrist, and christopher voss, former member of the fbi hostage rescue team and a negotiator of that very elite group. gentlemen, thank you very much for being here today. >> my pleasure, martha. martha: christopher, let me start with you on this. as a negotiator, where do we
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stand in this? how is it going do you think so far? >> well there were a lot of reasons to believe that it was going to progress exactly like this. had the earmarks of the very beginning something we referred to as a prepared-for siege which we expect to last multiple days. so as it continues like this they're establishing a working relationship with the gentleman on the inside and taking care of the child and there's no reason to believe or there is no indication that is the threat level is indicated. so they're hearing him out. they understand it is complicated. this is going as expected at this point in time. martha: you know i mean you wonder with a little boy down there, dr. keith ablow, i will put this question to you, you know you're in very close quarters. any human beings when you're in those close quarters it can get, you know, tiresome. what about this relationship? what about how you deal with a man who has taken this action? >> well, i think it's
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important not to dismiss what the elements of this action are. i mean he is underground with a little boy, who is separated from his parents and terrified. i wouldn't dismiss the meaning of that by the way. i would be talking to him about that little boy and understanding that what i'm speaking of, his pain, his trauma, may echo to some extent things that this perpetrator, this hostage-taker has been through. this is somebody who obviously set up incredible boundaries around him. if you were to wander on to his property supposedly there were terrible consequences. why did those boundaries get formed to begin with? talking about the boy's pain may trigger something positive in the nan -- man that touches his empathy. martha: dr. ablow, what would you say to him to convince him to let this child go? >> i would tell him that it's very important that
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this child not carry this trauma forward with him beyond what already has happened. that that child's life is valuable and can still be highly productive and beautiful and that his life, the hostage-takers life does not need to end at all. he has a message and something to say. regardless where he says it, whether it is in a courtroom or elsewhere, it can still be that he finds his voice. he can still find god. he needs to be told hess life is not over and needs not to impact negatively a child's life one moment further. martha: yeah. christopher voss, do you agree with that, in terms of what needs to be said to this man in there to convince him to set this little boy free? >> well a certain elements of that that are true. the gentleman on the inside, all these boundaries that he set up it is very defensive. he is protecting himself. so the real key here, the reason why he is still holding the child because he thinks he need to do that in order to protect himself.
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he can let the child go and law enforcement is still not going to assault. they want him out alive, no matter what happens. and the child is not necessary to for him to still have his day in court, or to protect himself. they want him to come out alive. whether or not he holds the child. so if he lets the child go they're still going to try to get him to come out alive. they want to save his life. martha: just to reiterate, christopher, you talked about there being three different kinds of these situations. this is a prepared-for situation clearly. he has this bunker. the neighbors know he spends time down there sometimes. so he's ready. he is in there for the duration? >> yeah, he's had a vision of something like this happening for a while. while he was constructing the bunker he expected he would have to go down there for a certain period of time already. the other two types are respond feign just and the -- spontaneous and plan-for
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situations with much more volatile situations and swings. he is ready for this and to be down there for a while. martha: gentlemen, thank you. we hope for a save out come in this situation and safety for this child. >> thank you, martha, my pleasure. bill: look out! 13,990. was at 14,000. are we going to close above 14,000? martha: on a friday? bill: if we do, we haven't seen numbers like this in five 1/2 years. you're asking yourself while is this booming while the unemployment number is this big? this shows you american companies have already readjusted to the new normal, the new reality. unfortunately that has meant jobs. they cut them to make them more profitable jet again. this is the result, a rising stock market. good for the 401(k), but not good at 7.9% unemployment. martha: and come monday he will be the father of a super bowl champion. bill: yes he will. martha: we can say that without any hesitation no matter who wins this game.
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martha: we are back and it is 24 minutes past the hour. the political turmoil in egypt still very tense as waves of protest are sweeping across the country. thousands of marchers rallying against president mohammed morsi, upset over the lack of change since he took power last year. more than 30 seek -- vehicles in this case, look at this, involved in a pileup on a snowy indiana
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interstate injuring 10 people, one of them critically. drivers were blinded by the snow and crashed into traffic that was stalled on the road. we've seen those scenes. never a good picture. a big bash in the big apple. grand central terminal celebrates its 100th birthday the famous train stations is one of the most popular destinations in new york city. so interesting new york kind of day, bill. lots of about ed koch and the celebration of the 100th anniversary of grand central, you know? ♪ . like that song too, huh? bill: i like the alicia keys version too. keyboards only. well-done. >> star-spangled banner for her at this time. bill: this was the new york moment. this has never happened before. i don't know if you will ever see this again. two brothers are coaching against each other in a super bowl on sunday, and the father of john and jim
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harbaugh, telling fox's jim gray what is it like to have his sons face off on america's biggest stage? >> i don't think it really hit us yet exactly what impact this has on our family and what impact it has on us. i mean just the stage, the stage is just so big and we're still trying to find out what our places. bill: so big. you can't find a bigger one. that is just some of what our fox news contributor jim gray found out with jack harbaugh. great interview, jim. good whoing to you down there in new orleans. his wife requested the commissioner of the league to make it a tie on sunday. how is that working out? >> well, she petitioned the commissioner. didn't get much luck there. that is how she would like for it to end. this is unprecedented. never happened before. the only thing you can pair it to richard and orsien williams. parents of serena and
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venus williams. they had this in grand slams many times before. i asked jim what it is like for him and his wife jackie to have both sons against each other in the big game? >> it is no different than when they came home and said dad, i made our junior high school football team. and that smile on their face. you hugged them. i'm so proud of you. when they said dad, i'm the starting whatever on our high school basketball team. oh, the emotions you feel aren't any different. just the stage is bigger and there is more people to share it with. but as a parent the emotions are all the same. >> and of course after the game the emotions are going to be really, really much, much different. for one, they will be on the victory platform, hosting, hoisting the vince lombardi trophy. for the other it will be really in all aspects of agony of defeat. they will have to contemplate the opportunity of a lifetime. i asked jack how will you
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handle the after the game? >> our first thought will be the one that came up a little bit of short. that agony of defeat type thing sips we all heard since we were very, very young. we'll take time to too to go and share the thrill of victory with the other son. and with equal emotions. >> bill, i'm doing the broadcast on dial global radio. just about 20 minutes ago we had both brothers together to do an interview and their parents came in. you could really see the emotion going on. john is really loose and easy with all this. jim is already intense. he has the game face on. bill: john is baltimore. jim is san francisco. >> correct. bill: i thought it was really cool what the father said to you. he said the best thing the less you see of jack and jackie, the mother and father the better. this family is so cool and very humble too, jim. >> they really are and they have a daughter and their daughter is married to tom
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kreen, the head coach of indiana university. and indian plays tomorrow, saturday against michigan. so a huge game. they're both top-ranked teams in the ncaa. this is coaching family. jack spent 40 years as a coach in high school and college football. he knows what this is like. bill: that is cool stuff to be there with you and the harbaugh family earlier today. they met last year thanksgiving today, 2011, right? which brother won? >> well, the ravens won, john won. and the parents said we've had a bit of a trial at this, a dry run. we know what it's like and mom, jackie, she is really, she is a huge, huge fan. she likes to sit at home and sometimes she says she gets a little excited. sometimes she even screams at the television. well they will be in the stands, the entire family. she told me this morning this is the first time in 14 years their entire family will be together because everybody is always working on thanksgiving, working on christmas. can't get together on
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birthdays. she said she will not scream at field though. she will sit there with her hands folded and keep her mouth shut. martha: i will believe that when i see it. bill: jim, enjoy the game. see you in new orleans. all the storylines in a season to end up like this. then again, mom and dad have to deal with a winner and loser come sunday night. is a great storyline. martha: sound like they have a good handle. we'll bring you back to the breaking news this morning out of turkey. john bolton will talk about what has happened in turkey. an embassy suicide bombing. more details right after this break. hi. i'm henry winkler.
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♪ bill: fox news alert right now getting word out of turkey on who might be responsible for the attack at the u.s. embassy, that killed one security guard and seriously injured one other person. turkish official say the homicide bomber blew himself up in front the embassy is most likely connected we hear to a far-left militant group working inside the country of turkey. i want to show you the map right now and put some more context into not just today's events but all the events we've been reporting over the past we can. egypt down here, israel, syria with the ongoing civil war here and turkey up here. in the capital city of ankara'da where our embassy is located. turkey has been talking about the concerns about the war down here in syria possibly crossing
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into its borders. just this week, in fact two or three days ago u.s. patriot missile batteries arrived in a port city here in southwestern turkey, said to be assembled about 60 miles off the border of syria for security for defense. we'll advance it one more time because yesterday we were talking about what was happening just south of there. here in syria, where reportedly an israeli air strike took out either a convoy or research center or both. again none of that has been fully confirmed, various reports about weapons possibly going into lebanon from syria to aid hezbollah. as soon as that happened the syrians came out, advance it one more time, the syrians came out with strong wording against israel, strong threats, and iran was part of that statement as well against israel. now you see the context for how this all fits together right now on our map geographically speaking. john bolton now, former u.s.
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ambassador to the united nations, fox news contributor here to try and i guess piece it all together and help us understand what is important and what is not. based on the events of today what should we understand? >> well, obviously at this point we don't know who is responsible, but you've laid out some of the possibilities. the curdish communist party which has long been in a struggle with the curdish government over independence, possible but i think unlikely because they have no interest in striking american targets. they don't want us siding with the turkish government in their struggle for independence. possible but unlikely. more likely child or a related terrorist group. al-qaida has planned attacks against americans facilities in turkey before. there have been attacks against british diplomatic facilities. whether it's related to the ongoing con tpwhreubgt in syria i don'conflict in syria, i don't know, very possible
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though. that would be my guess. bill: this is four and a half months now, and the second u.s. embassy to be hit. >> the war on terror is not over, al-qaida has not been defeated. the struggle is spreading. if we don't face up to that reality we will have another attack on an american embassy that will be even more successful from the terrorists point of view. bill: the consulate in benghazi is what i was referring to. now we understand that leon panetta will testify about benghazi. is this a redo for republicans? they were widely panned and criticized for not being effective with hillary clinton. >> you have to ask questions to get answers. if you make statements in a congressional hearing you'll get statements filibustering back at you. lindsey graham said that the hagel nomination for secretary of defense would not make it on to the floor unless the armed services committee got testimony from leon panetta about benghazi. that looks to be in train and i think they will insist that that testimony take place before the
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committee itself votes on the hagel nomination. bill: just one more question here, very broadly speaking. we were just talking about the middle east. you could move south on that map and talk about the northern continent of africa. >> right. bill: what are we doing as a country to engage in either of these areas to make sure the problems of today do not get worse? >> we have no strategy. that's why i've been so concerned that the whole sweep from the atlanta coast of west africa, through the middle east, all the way over to pakistan is deteriorating from the proceed pebgt tiff the united states and its close allies. israel, arab countries in the region. the threat of terri eupl, inch sur recollection, the threat of the iranian nuclear program all growing, no response from america or the west. bill: we'll wait for more news out of the state department and the pentagon today. thank you, john bolton, mr. ambassador, good to have you here.
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22 minutes before the hour, martha. martha: there are new concerns about al-qaida's growing influence in north africa and their desire to strike more western targets. this comes after last month's hostage crisis at an algerian gas plant that left 30 people dead, including three americans. our chief intelligence correspondent catherine herridge live in washington with more. how advanced is this plotting. >> senior u.s. intelligence officials discuss the threat picture in north africa. before this morning's attack on the u.s. embassy in turkey intelligence officials describing to hit western as well as u.s. car gets as aspirational as the goal of al-qaida in north africa, not just concrete plots with established planning. the attack on the gas plant in mid january, the hostage crisis there led secretary of state hillary clinton to concede that the threat to u.s. interests in the region was growing as these groups pull their resources and people. >> i think that we have to take seriously all of these terrorist groups, whatever they call themselves.
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now, at the moment they don't necessarily have either the interest or the ability to attack our homeland, but we have a lot of facilities. we have a lot of assets in north africa. >> reporter: at the same time al-qaida in north africa seems to be on a roll. the the ability of the u.s. community to gather information has diminished. libya's weapons fuel the capability of thighs islamist groups, martha. martha: what kind of targets do we think we may have in mind. >> reporter: again this was information that we learned yesterday. at that time senior u.s. intelligence officials said that al-qaida in north africa, an associated islamist groups want to strike a broad range of targets, quote, this is u.s. interests, hardened targets including diplomatic facilities as well as soft targets such as american citizens working there. under like the tribal areas of
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pakistan where the u.s. can partner with one nation on counterterrorism issues, al-qaida presents new challenges. it's a regional player whose followers move seamless lee. senior us intelligence officials say affected nations are more concerned with the al-qaida problem within their own borders and less concerned with taking this broader regional leadership role that will be required to prevent these groups from sta establishing a safe-haven in north africa. martha: thank you, catherine. bill: i don't know where you start on that map. the list is so long and growing by the week. martha: it's just one powder keg connected to another potentially. bill: 19 minutes before the hour now. a brazen jewelry heist is caught on camera. a thief using a car as a battering ram. martha: that is one way to get inside. students rallying behind their young teacher. she looks very young, don't she? she is 23 years old. she posted shocking pictures of herself online and some of them
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martha: here is a little story that caught our attention. a colorado high school teacher is under investigation. reportedly she posted some racy pictures of herself on her twitter account. here is one snapshot for investigative purposes, just so you get the idea of what is out there, folks. she is 23 years old, a math teacher. other pictures show her potentially smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol, and some of the other pictures she talked at one point about a drug bust going on at the high school while she had some of her own stash in her car, and wasn't that ironic, things like that. some of the students are supporting her, they say that it's her first amendment right to use her twitter feed the way she wants. other kids are shocked. the district less than pleased. >> it's not something that they would hang on a classroom wall. we recommend that you don't put it on your facebook or twitter page. >> you have a teacher who always parties. it's weird being in that clas classroom.
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>> if any teacher posted that on twitter or facebook they should be fired. it's too much information. she doesn't need to share that. martha: who could say it better than that. carlie mckenney is currently on paid leave. you get to have paid leave if you do something like this. let's bring in some of our favorites to talk about these sort of ethical societal implications of this story. michael graham, a radio talk show host. and we have a civil litigation attorney for the legal side of this equation. welcome, folks, good to have you here. in some ways sadly, michael these kind of stories are sort of a dime a dozen. what caught our eye is that many of the students, and they've been mostly sending out tweets, they are not so much on camera they are saying, hey this is her first amendment right, this is her social media part of her life, it's not her employer's business what she is doing and they are fine with that. what does that say about our culture? >> first of all the high school
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kid are saying, come on fight the power, i'm with the teacher to. i want you to know right now i'm not wearing any pants. martha: that is a little too much information. >> here is my advice. follow the advice of that great philosopher dean wormer, naked, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, ma'am. the issue is not the first amendment. you're free to say what you want within parameters but there is so such thing as consequence-free conversation. i have a teenage daughter, i have to send her to class with sally stoner to hangout and talk about math? no, she clearly cannot be a public school teacher and be an advocate for drinking, smoking and getting your party on. she has her choice. teacher error frat gal. martha: some say they think it's weird that their teacher is partying. if she is they don't want to know about it. she claims some of these tweets are not directly from her. she says she was sharing this
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twitter feed. there are a lot of pictures we could not show you during the day on fox news. bill: during the day. martha: yes. at night perhaps on other shows. bill: o'reilly will show them in a heartbeat, come on we all know that. martha: we'll see, we'll tune in tonight and find out. let me talk to you a little bit about the legal side of this. is she protected under the law? >> you know, i don't know what this teacher was thinking, and i think the school would be well within their rights to reprimand her and even terminate her, because, yes, teachers do have a first amendment right, but the courts have held that teachers' social media posts, if they cause a substantial disruption to the teaching inch kraoeurpbment outweigh the first amendment and there is no dispute here that these tweets and photos disrupted the environment. the students all saw their teacher half naked, smoking pot, tweeting about getting drunk and partying, how can you reasonably put this teacher in a classroom to teach these students?
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you can't. martha: it's such a good point. you have to love the fact that the school district is saying, it's under investigation. she has a paid leave. i mean there has to be -- we all know it's tougher to fire a public school teacher in this country than it is to bring in a homicide suspect on charges. it's very, very tough. so, i mean can't they in good conscience just say u know what you're fired, you can't do this. it's unethical. >> substantial disruption is the legal term and that is absolutely right. a very simple rule, teachers who refer to their own students as jail bait in public don't get to be teachers any more. it bothers me that there is such a notion that you condition judge other people's behavior. adults are in the business of judgments. the primary job of a school system is to t young people judgment. you can learn math and science anywhere. this woman has awful judgment. martha: one of the are scary things to me as parent is i think kids see these kind of note owes now as no big deal. they are like, oh, it's almost like flirting used to be.
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it's sort of an innocent -- she just put pictures out, it's not a big deal. she is not that much older than we are in high school they are saying, so what. which is it's own short of frightening issue. just a last schottenstein on what happens from here. >> i agree with your other guest. i think the bottom line that teaches are like it or not role models and they should be held to a higher standard. if a teacher frankly doesn't have enough common-sense not to put out tweets on a public twitter page then they shouldn't be charged with thaoefpg our students, period. martha teaching our students, period. martha: thank you so much. have a great weekend. bill: jon scott is coming up in ten minutes. what you cooking up, jon. jon: good morning to you. don't call her madam secretary any more. last day on the job for hillary clinton on her way out. she has taken a swipe at critics of the obama administration's handling of the benghazi attack we will fill you in on that. plus day four of that alabama standoff a suspect hold up
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underground with a five-year-old boy. what is being done to try to get them out. we'll find out from one of america's top criminal profilers. the entire month is dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease. the number one killer of women, not cancer, heart disease. life-saving info for you coming up on "happening now." bill: we'll see you then. the moneyess tear rerebuilt with beer. moneyes monastery rebuilth beer.
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bill: christian monks now teaming up with a modern craft brewery to help restore a 16th century monastery in california cloud yeah cowen live to explain in san francisco drinking up there. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. it might seem unlikely a small monastery in northern california keeping up with a brewery to raise money, in fact monks have
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been making craft beers for centuries and this collaboration is helping to preserve a piece of monastic history. ♪ [singing] >> reporter: for the monks of this abby in this tiny city in california one prayer has been answered, the rebirth of this gothic house, the same stones built from a monastery in spain. >> you can see the color and damaged stone of the medieval era. >> reporter: this monk has spent decade rebuilding the monastery here. william randolph hearsay acquired the buildings from spain but his rebuilding it in california never materialized. the stones languished in san francisco for decades. eventually the monks undertook the restoration themselves with the help of sierra nevada
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brewery in nearby chico. together they developed ovela, abby ails brewed in the monk tradition. the line is helping sierra nevada branch out while some of the proceeds have helped fund this architectural marvel, a reunion with the pillars that witnessed this shame order of monks, centuries ago. >> they are back home and i think they are happy about that. they are singing again, if you can put it that way. >> reporter: the abby hopes to raise another 2 hill dollars to complete the restoration. bill, it will be the third medieval building in all of north america, a remarkable achievement that comes from strong faith and the monks hope strong sales of this brew with a back story. bill: all profits go in the collection basket on sunday. thank you, claudia. martha: we've got more on this breaking news coming out of turkey this morning where a
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homicide bomber killed at least one guard and injured several other people at the u.s. epl as bee in ankara'da. the state department speaking out now. we'll tell you what they are saying, whether anyone has claimed responsibility for this yet. we'll be right back. ♪ ooh baby, looks like you need a little help there ♪ ♪ ooh baby, can i do for you tod? ♪ [ female announcer ] need help keeping your digestive balance? align can help. only align has bifantis, a patented probiotic
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